A contemporary women's novel, THE HONEYEATER is the compelling love story of a woman betrayed

by her first love, and how she ultimately triumphs.




"The history of my family is one of thwarted love." So begins THE HONEYEATER, a compelling

tale of love and betrayal by author Yolanda A. Reid.

A contemporary women's novel, THE HONEYEATER is the story of a woman whose husband/first love

is unfaithful with the person she'd never expect: her sister; and of how she re-builds her life

and finds new love.

The author was inspired to write THE HONEYEATER after she read THE GOLDEN NOTEBOOK by Doris

Lessing. In the essay, "How I Wrote My Second Novel," Ms. Reid states, "I wanted to tell the

story of a woman betrayed by her first love. I knew infidelity was a main theme, but I wanted

her to survive and get stronger. Her name was Eulalia." Moreover, "She was so in love, but

very naive. What she lived through might have broken any one of us."

THE HONEYEATER features a painting ("Women for Peace") by artist Claudia Olivos.

Retail and review copies of THE HONEYEATER are available now.



THE HONEYEATER is the story of a woman, Eulalia, and her childhood

sweetheart, Fabio. A young, handsome, and brilliant doctoral candidate,

he has political ambitions. Soon after they wed, Fabio is unfaithful to Eulalia

with the person she’d never expect. Her sister. After she re-builds her life

with a new love, she is re-united with Fabio. Will Eulalia realize that he belongs

to her childhood—to the past? Or will she release her new life—alongside her

new love—to return to the man who loved and betrayed her? Once and for all, Eulalia

must choose between the two loves of her life, and so find a measure of happiness.

A story of love, heartbreak and renewal, THE HONEYEATER attests that a

young woman can survive love, heartbreak, betrayal. THE HONEYEATER is an

enthralling generational story of two families and the inevitable love that arose

between Eulalia and Fabio--who were not meant to fall in love, but did.


The history of my family is one of thwarted love. Or so it seems to me. For instance,

there is my great-uncle, Nando, who fell in love with a Japanese woman, by whom he fathered a

child, only to be thwarted from marrying her (as was his intention) by a sea captain who did

not believe in the intermingling of races. My grandmother once recounted to me this poignant

tale of her younger brother. I was thirteen years old. The two lovers, she said, were on a

sea boat journey when they impulsively decided to wed. Tío Nando went to the captain and

requested that he perform the wedding ceremony. The captain spoke in a husky Louisiana drawl.

‘What for you want to marry her?—‘Tain’t go’n’to happen. Not by me.” The boat came in to

port, and although the two lovers were to have a child one day, they never wed. Each time I

think of this story I imagine Hisae Ito, his beloved, clinging to her child, in tears. Of

course, he went on to love many women, but never (I believe) as he loved Hisae Ito. When I met

him he was a sad, boisterous man--obnoxious often, most comfortable in silence.

--An excerpt from Chapter I of THE HONEYEATER


"A love story at its core, this is not the typical 'boy meets girl, boy falls in love with girl, everyone lives happily

ever after' story. What is hidden in the pages of this book is most unexpected and will entice the reader to

continue to turn the pages. . . . "--Atlantic Book Review

"Yolanda A. Reid in THE HONEYEATER depicts a well-researched world of Latin culture with authentic foods,

fashion, furnishings and art in her descriptions of a patriarchal society. . . . One can only feel inspired by

Eulalia’s transformation from young girl to woman as she grows in empowerment."--Readers' Favorite

"THE HONEYEATER is rich and multi-faceted in many ways. . . . Yes, it's a love story; but, it's so much more.

It's also a story of eternal life, full circles, and transition points with the color and atmosphere of Panama encircling

all and adding a richness and depth most novels lack."--Midwest Book Review



Yolanda A. Reid is the author of THE HONEYEATER, a contemporary women's novel about love,

heartbreak and betrayal. THE HONEYEATER was a finalist in the 2014 D.I.V.A. Awards. Yolanda's

first novel is PORRIDGE & CUCU: MY CHILDHOOD—-a young adult novel about a young

girl growing up in Panama and New York. Her poems and short fiction have appeared in literary

journals and e-zines such as “Women Writers: An E-zine,” “Starlight Poets” (Starlight Press),

"Mysteries of the Lyric World," and others. She writes frequently about books, writers, and

authors. Her current and most recent blog is Y Reid Books? at

She lives and writes in the US.

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